Our summer days are slowly winding down and we are gearing up to head back to school. For some, that means venturing out for the first time into the world of college.

College can be scary, exciting, nerve wracking and completely overwhelming all at the same time. Luckily there are tons of helpful hints out there to make adjusting a little bit easier. Here are a few basic tips that all incoming students should know:

Talk it Through 

It’s OK to feel overwhelmed at first. Transitioning from high school to college can be a little rough. But, don’t worry, there are plenty of faculty and students to talk you through it.  Remember, there are hundreds of other newbies that are in the same position you're in. Take a deep breath, relax, and don't be afraid share your feelings and fears with others.

Get Involved

The only way to experience everything that college has to offer is by immersing yourself in sports or organizations. Joining something that interests you will expand your world so much! You’ll meet tons of people, learn things you never knew, and really begin to grow and stretch yourself outside of your comfort zone.

Keep an Open Mind

You’re going to meet so many new and exciting people in your first year. You'll meet people from all over the country and all over the world. Keep an open mind and a good perspective. You never know what someone else can teach you.

Don't Skip Class

With college comes freedom. You get to choose what classes you want to take, and the time you want to take them. You also get to choose whether or not you go to class. It is so unbelievably tempting to skip those early morning classes but here's my advice: Go to class; you’re only hurting yourself if you don't.

Be Yourself

There's no need to put on a show or a fake appearance because nobody appreciates that.  College is the time to expand and grow. Its a time to venture outside of your comfort zone. There's no need to worry about trying to fit in with the crowd though. Be yourself, and succeed!